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Too much questioning


[II Tim. 3:1–9; Luke 20:45–21:4] Who are those hav­ing a form of god­li­ness, but deny­ing the pow­er there­of? (II Tim. 3–5). Who are those oth­ers, ever learn­ing, and nev­er able to come to the knowl­edge of the truth? (II Tim. 3:7). The for­mer are those who main­tain all the exter­nal rou­tines in which a god­ly life is ma­ nifest­ed, but who do not have a strong enough will to main­tain their inner dis­po­si­tions as true god­li­ness demands. They go to church and stand there read­i­ly. But they do not make the effort to stand with their mind before God con­tin­u­ous­ly and to rev­er­ent­ly fall down before Him. Hav­ing prayed a bit, they release the reins of the con­trol of their mind; and it soars, cir­cling over the entire world. As a result, they are exter­nal­ly locat­ed in church, but by their inner state they are not there: only the form of god­li­ness remains in them, while its pow­er is not there. You must think about every­ thing else in this man­ner. The lat­ter are those who, hav­ing entered the realm of faith, do noth­ing but in­ vent ques­tions — “What is this? What is that? Why this way? Why that way?” They are peo­ple suffer­ ing from emp­ty inquis­i­tive­ness. They do not chase after the truth, only ask and ask. And hav­ing found the answer to their ques­tions, they do not dwell on them for long, but soon feel the neces­si­ty to look for anoth­er answer. And so they whirl about day and night, ques­tion­ing and ques­tion­ing, and nev­er ful­ly sat­is­fied with what they learn. Some peo­ple chase after plea­sures, but these chase after the sat­is­fac­tion of their inquis­i­tive­ness.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse